Feral Children, Critical Period And First Language Acquisition

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Feral Children, Critical Period and First Language Acquisition
Hunter Palmentiero
Pasadena City College

LING16
Professor Lott
11/21/14
Table of Contents
I. Introduction 3
II. Feral Children: Scientific Fact or Mythology 3
III. Critical Period and Language Acquisition 5
IV. Conclusion 7

Feral Children, Critical Period and First Language Acquisition
Introduction
Physical environments and social interactions significantly impact human being’s ability to learn and apply strategies for grammatical and vocabulary efficiency. Each human, possessing a unique set of individual life circumstances, exists within physical environments conducive or restricting language development. Despite the nature of the environment, studies indicate each human experiences a critical period in which absorbing linguistic information becomes easier than any other parts of the human life cycle (Komarova & Nowak, 2001, p. 1189). Many scholars conclude before humans reach the age of thirteen, the abilities to understand the mechanics of learning a new language reaches maximum reception in humans. After the peak critical period passes, language acquisition becomes more challenging due to psychological changes within the body, and often become enhanced by environmental changes as well. Performing a comparative analysis of feral children with humans raised in traditional settings provides a paradigm for identifying how psychological and…
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